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closeup view of turkey chili in a white bowl with chips and lime slices

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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This easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is a simple, healthy chili that's super easy to prep! So delicious and crowd-pleasing, it's a sure hit as a weeknight dinner, game day spread, or cozy meal for a weekend in.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword chili, Crockpot, Slow Cooker, slow cooker turkey chili, turkey
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Calories 292


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb 93% lean dark meat ground turkey
  • 2 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp mild chili powder
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup peeled and diced sweet potato
  • 1 15-oz can no-sugar added tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed

To Add at the End

  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional)

Optional Serving Suggestions:

  • Easy Guacamole
  • Chopped onion, cilantro, jalapeno, avocado, sour cream, cheese, chips


  •  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt, then stir, breaking the ground turkey apart with a wooden spoon.
  • Allow the turkey to brown on one side, about 4-5 minutes, then stir to flip the turkey. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and additional ½ teaspoon salt. Stir to combine.
  • Cook an additional 3-4 minutes until the turkey is browned and the onion and pepper are softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Carefully transfer the turkey, onion, and bell pepper mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the sweet potato, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  • Uncover, stir, and add the lime juice and hot sauce if using. Taste and add additional salt or hot sauce if desired. Serve with toppings of your choice.


See blog post for notes and substitution suggestions.


Serving: 1 (of 6) | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 793mg | Potassium: 953mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3275IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 5mg